News: Nursing Practice

National Drug Take Back Day

The 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28. National Take Back Day serves to protect family and friends through safe disposal. You can take your unused prescription drugs to designated law enforcement and other agencies for free, safe disposal.

Welcome WSNA’s new Director of Nursing Practice & Health Policy

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Joelle Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, to the position of Director of Nursing Practice and Health Policy for WSNA. We are fortunate to have a nurse of Joelle’s caliber and experience to lead the association forward in our nursing practice and health policy work. Her demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, nursing leadership and education, and health care policy advocacy are an incredible asset for nurses in Washington state and beyond.

Washington state screenings of "Defining Hope" on Nov. 1

WSNA is pleased to announce screenings of the new documentary, "Defining Hope," on Nov. 1. Defining Hope follows eight patients with life-threatening illness and the nurses who guide them. The film is being released in select theaters nationwide for special screenings on Nov. 1 in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Join the 10 Days of Safety Challenge!

Today, Sept. 18, marks the beginning of the Health Nurse Healthy Nation 10 Days of Safety Challenge, in which nurses who sign up will receive daily actionable tips to keep them mindful of ways to prevent injury in the workplace and how to best incorporate SPHM standards into daily practice.

Help Nurses Deal with Disaster Relief

With more disasters such as Hurricane Irma affecting our communities this fall, the American Nurses Foundation has now created a broader ‘Disaster Relief’ fund. This fund will support nurses in their disaster response and recovery efforts in southeastern Texas, the Virgin Islands, Florida and other states affected by the recent disasters.

Updated POLST released

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form has been revised, based on months of discussion. The POLST is the medical order form that allows any individual with a serious illness or frailty to summarize their wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment.

ANA white paper on antiobiotic stewardship

​The American Nurses Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to inform registered nurses in the United States about the problem of antibiotic resistance and facilitate their expanded and clearly recognized role in hospital antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) and activities. Just out: a new white paper on the topic.

WSNA statement on arrest of Utah nurse

The Washington State Nurses Association joins the American Nurses Association, the Utah Nurses Association and registered nurses across the country in expressing outrage over the treatment of a registered nurse in Utah who was handcuffed and arrested by a police officer for following her hospital’s policy and the law.

Nurses helping nurses affected by Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts are with the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. We especially recognize the dedication and efforts of the registered nurses providing care in the disaster zone under catastrophic circumstances.

Volunteering to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

Nurses who wish to volunteer in Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief can register through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry. The registry has set up a “2017 Hurricane Harvey” option under the “organization” category. The American Red Cross is seeking health and mental health professionals to volunteer.